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Stoneboro Police Chief raising money for K-9

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Over the last few months Mercer County officials have increasingly battled drug related crimes. One local police chief has found a way to combat those issues - with a Narcotics K-9. 

Stoneboro Police Chief Tyler Valimont has an 11 month old german shepherd named Nakuma. 

"She's a great family dog, I have two young kids that she adores," says Valimont.

Chief Valimont wants to send Nakuma off to training and get certified as a narcotics detection dog.

"It's something I think the community not only in Stoneboro, but surrounding areas, other police departments can call on us to come out and search a vehicle or search a house," he said.

Valimont says Nakuma has all the right attributes to be a good narcotics detection dog, but there's a small obstacle. He says the cost of the training to get certified is $3,000. Since he's a one man police department, Valimont is raising the money himself. 

He's set up a go fund me account and has already raised a third of what he needs.

"When I started here a little less than a year ago, that was something that I discussed with the council was to get a K-9, because I'm by myself and its nice to have that secondary set of eyes," said Valimont.

Valimont says Nakuma will be a real asset to sniffing out the drug problem in northern Mercer County. 

"When she goes for training, she'll be able to alert and detect the four different major types of drugs being marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine," said Valimont.

If you would like to donate, just click on the link below to the go fund me page.

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